Based upon the recommendations of the "Scientific Programme Committee", the General Assembly adopts priority areas for the implementation of scientific programmes. These are selected according to the procedure outlined in the Guidelines for the initiation and evaluation of the IUBS scientific programmes, as outlined in the IUBS Statutes. Where necessary and feasible, the Union provides seed funds to help launch its programmes. Supplementary funding is raised from other sources, including national and international donor agencies, through contracts and agreements negotiated on behalf of the IUBS.
A young fund was establish to support the participation of students and post-docs in the activities of IUBS. An active contribution (oral/poster) is required for application.
The 2011 Annual Activities Report contains a summary of IUBS's achievements of 2011 and is available online - IUBS Activities 2011